Share Food from Your Family’s Culture with Your Classmates!
by Stella Castilla and Alana Pedalino
Encourage your students to share some of their family’s traditions with a thoughtful “draw your family foods” lunchtime activity inspired by Save Me a Seat, a novel by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.
Every family has their own traditions—from the languages they speak and the holidays they celebrate to what they pack in their lunch boxes!
Help your students celebrate their family’s foods with a simple and fun draw-and-share lunchtime activity sheet. Each student draws a complete meal—fruit or veggie, side dish, dessert, and main course—that reminds them of home. It’s a great opportunity to:
• Connect with the characters—and deepen your appreciation of the story—in Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan’s Save Me a Seat
• Start a dialogue about the many cultures and backgrounds represented in your classroom
• Consider how the things we take for granted—like “typical” lunch food—vary from place to place
To try this activity in your own classroom, print and download the free worksheet here:
Get inspired by taking a look at some of the meals created by the sixth graders in Anne Cicale’s class at Imagine School in Weston, Florida!
How did your students’ activity sheets turn out? Did this project help initiate thoughtful conversations? We’d love to hear from you! Share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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